Jay Z Scholarship Funds Students Studying Abroad
Studying abroad dramatically changed Laquisha Springer’s life.
Via Diverse Education:
That’s what the 21-year-old behavioral neuroscience major at Connecticut College said regarding the semester she spent earlier this year at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen.
Springer got her study abroad experience through a little-known partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, the charitable organization of the mega rap superstar and entrepreneur better known to the world as Jay Z.
More specifically, Springer was one of four students to receive one of the Shawn Carter Foundation-Gilman International Scholarships through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“It makes me proud, you know, to know that someone who is relatively close to my age and someone I can relate to who’s had to struggle to get to where he is, that he’s investing in my future. That shows me that he believes in my future.”
“I mean, it probably doesn’t help that his net worth is almost at $1 billion. So I’m assuming people, when they say he’s not doing enough, they’re expecting him to literally help the world. But for me, personally at least, his foundation has helped me out at lot since I’ve been a scholar.”
Hov’s foundation funded 188 scholarships last year and given away over $1.3 million dollars in scholarships since its founding.No one at the foundation is getting rich off salary. The highest paid and single full-time employee was the executive director, Dania Diaz, who was paid $62,500 in 2011, the records report. Sit down haters!